New York City is the music capital of the world — the birthplace of hip-hop, salsa, folk, electronica, jazz, and punk rock. New York Music Month gives fans a way to tune into New York’s one-of-a-kind music scene with radio programming, concerts, and walking tours – all for FREE. Get tuned in this June!
CityFM is a new radio show and podcast about NYC’s music culture, emerging artists and trends, and upcoming unmissable events told through the lens of what’s happening around the city in Summer 2019. Join us as we explore New York City’s music, its musicians, musical communities and cultural histories, opening listeners up to the experiences that are part of the Big Apple’s rich fabric. This show digs deep, serving as more than a simple resource for local music events. It exposes listeners to music communities, unique experiences, and elements of classic New York culture that folks have forgotten (or never knew) about.
TUNE IN every Friday at Noon (12pm) on WNYE – 91.5 FM. CityFM is produced by co-sign and Raspberry Jones and made possible by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Media.
Location: WNYE 91.5FM
Date: Fridays, June through August
Time: 12pm EST
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks have teamed up to present a new series of concerts in Bronx and Queens parks to celebrate New York Music Month! Ranging from Caribbean music to Latin to rock and roll, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
June 8, 7-9 pm: Bobby Sanabria, Playground 52
June 15, 1-3 pm: Uptown Vinyl Supreme, a DJ Collective, Ana Garcia, DJ Perly and Grandmaster Caz, Poe Park
June 22, 5-7 pm: Yasser Tejeda, Franz Sigel Park
June 29, 7-9 pm: Therapi Band, Stars and Stripes Playground
June 1, 1-3 pm: The Dirty Sock Funtime Band, and Alex and the Kaleidoscope, MacDonald Park
June 9, 3-6 pm: British Dependency, Mr. Kool, and Paul Brown, St. Alban’s Park
June 15, 7-9 pm: Orquesta Afinke, Gorman Park
June 22, 1-3 pm: The History of Rock and Roll Band, MacNeil Park
June 29, 7-9 pm.: Disco Unlimited, Hunters Point South
Songathon is the 24-Hour Songwriting Competition that brings together talented songwriters for an exciting weekend of competition, collaboration, and mentorship by respected members of the music industry. During Songathon, songwriters are given 24 hours to write a song that is then performed live for an audience of music lovers, who vote on their favorite song.
If you are a songwriter interested in participating, click “Learn More” to apply.
The Songathon Finale Performance is free and open to the public.
Location: Galvanize – 303 Spring Street
Date: Participation, Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30, 2019
Finals: Open to the public: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
On June 22, in celebration of World Refugee Day, dozens of musicians from all over the world will perform both traditional and contemporary music. Additional acts include storyteller from The Moth Community Program and a performance by the People’s Theatre Project. The afternoon will end with a performance by GRAMMY Award-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his amazing band.
On two main stages and throughout Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM) five-story building and garden, the festival will kick off at 3 pm with fun for all ages with live music, theater, and storytelling continuing throughout the afternoon along with face-painting, crafts, food and more.
The 3rd annual World Refugee Festival is brought to you by BKCM in partnership with Spaceworks and refugee-focused organizations Catholic Charities of NY, CAMBA, the Business Center for New Americans, The Children’s Museum of Art, International Rescue Committee (IRC), New Women New Yorkers, Tanabel, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. This celebration of music, art and cuisine is free and held in Park Slope.
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Interested in learning about the exciting history of Rock ’n’ Roll, Folk, Blues, and Punk Music in New York City?
This 2-hour walking tour kicks off at the Washington Square arch and takes you through Greenwich Village, East Village and over to the Bowery. Your guide will bring you past iconic locations such as the Village Vanguard, Cafe Wha?, The Bottom Line, and CBGB. You’ll learn about the influential musicians who got their start here and the musical movements they created.
Take a two-hour historical, architectural, and musical tour of the Harlem Renaissance with The Levys’ Unique New York! Tour Guides.
You’ll learn about the incredible history of Harlem, starting with the Apollo Theater and passing by the Hotel Theresa (where Ray Charles wrote his hit song “Hit the Road, Jack!”) as well as sites relating to the history of jazz, soul, and blues. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole and more will serenade you on this entertaining and educational tour.
The Morrisania neighborhood was the home to many jazz musicians and was also one of the cradles of Hip hop in the Bronx. This walking tour will explore the jazz, doo-wop, Latin music and hip hop history of the neighborhood as well as its social history from the fires that raged in the 1970s to the social activism that has built it back up. The tour will be led by folklorist and Co-artistic Director of the Bronx Music Heritage Center, which brings classes, concerts, film screenings, and artist residencies that reflect the area’s deep cultural roots.
Meeting place: #2/5 trains to Freeman Street, meet in front of the Bronx Music Heritage Center
This tour with folklorist Elena Martinez will explore the Hunts Point/Longwood neighborhoods in the Bronx where many Latin music performers lived and worked. Along the way, we’ll point out the dance clubs, theaters and social clubs where the music was performed and flourished. The tour will also examine the community organizations that have helped to improve the neighborhood and borough, and will highlight the street life and public art that continues to make the neighborhood vibrant. Meet at the Hunts Point subway stop on the #6 line. Go up to the sidewalk near the elevator. The tour will end at Casa Amadeo, the longest continually-run Latin music store in NYC.
Meeting Place: #6 train Hunts Point stop (near the elevator entrance at Raul Del Valle Plaza
Lincoln Center is offering free guided tours of our iconic campus each Saturday in June at 1:30 p.m. Join one of our expert guides for an unparalleled insider’s experience at the world’s leading performing arts center. Learn about the history, art, and architecture of the hallowed halls that are home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and more. Whenever possible, our expert tour guides will accompany you into the halls’ public and performance spaces, where, if the stars align, you might enjoy a rehearsal in progress.
KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids, featuring today’s biggest hits “Sung by Kids for Kids.” The bestselling music brand is teaming up with the Mayor’s Office of Music and Entertainment to make June all about music. Join Ahnya Isaiah and Olivia from The KIDZ BOP Kids as they invite you to celebrate and New York Music Month! Keep an eye out for them this June in Taxi TV!
The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist” for eight consecutive years. These talented kids took a break from recording their latest album, KIDZ BOP 38, and travelling the country on their national KIDZ BOP Live tour to make New York Music Month rock! In the co-branded video, The KIDZ BOP Kids explore NYC’s musical landmarks and the free music events happening in June. Whether you’re a musician or a music fan, everyone has music in their life!
For more than four decades, Carnegie Hall has partnered with local community organizations to bring outstanding mainstage artists—as well as exciting rising stars of classical, jazz, and world music—to neighborhoods from the tip of Brooklyn to the top of the Bronx. Tapping into the pulse of diverse communities, these free concerts bring together local residents and people from throughout the city to share in the joy of music.
Friday, June 21 at 12 PM, Bryant Park
Saturday, June 22 at 2 PM, Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Saturday, June 1, 8, and 15 at 11 AM, Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing
Note: A signed permission form from a parent/guardian is required for those under 18.
Saturday, June 22,Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing
This event is open to teens ages 14-19. Advanced RSVP is required.
Make Music New York celebrates the skills and passions of local NYC musicians, connects New Yorkers to their communities and with each other, and energizes the shared social spaces that make NYC a cultural capital. Join in the annual flagship Summer Solstice celebrations on June 21st–the longest day of the year. On this special “music holiday” music makers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are empowered to take center stage and share their skills and passions through live performances in public plazas and parks, on sidewalks and in front of shops, and in partnership with cultural institutions and businesses across all five boroughs. Since its debut in 2007, the summer celebration has become the city’s largest single-day music festival, averaging over 5,000 musicians of all ages and persuasions performing in 1,000+ concerts in over 400 unique locations, in what The New York Times has dubbed “Exhilarating… with prodigious displays and subtle experiences alike. It’s like somebody’s dream of community.”
Date: Friday, June 21, 2019